Rihanna, Chris Want to Get Closer

Plus, director dishes on 'handsome' JFK, and more
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2009 11:58 AM CDT
In this Dec. 2, 2008 file photo, director Nora Ephron poses on the press line at "One Night Only...With a Little Help From Our Friends" in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, file)
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(Newser) – Rihanna doesn’t want any protection from Chris Brown—the pair think the court’s no-contact clause is “unnecessary and ridiculous,” a source tells the New York Daily News, adding that even though “they aren't looking to hook back up,” they’re “solid” now as friends. Elsewhere:

  • Director Nora Ephron was once a  White House intern, reports the New York Post. Her one regret from that stint? “I totally regret not having had an affair with” then-President Kennedy, she tells More magazine.

  • Eliot Spitzer’s photo was removed from the walls of Washington’s National Press Club, but not because of his scandal, the New York Post reports. Au contraire: “We actually left Spitzer up a lot longer because he disgraced himself and was such a point of interest,” a spokesperson says.
  • Oprah Winfrey’s employees were probably delighted to be treated to a 10-day luxury cruise through the Mediterranean—but they may not be so happy if a tax bill of “over $1,000 per person” arrives. Experts tell the Post that’s exactly what could happen, because the IRS may not consider an employer-to-employee transaction a gift.